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Full Body Rash

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  • Posted By: srholmes13
  • December 21, 2007
  • 05:09 AM

My husband went to the doctor on Wed 12/5 for what looked like a popped boil on the back of his leg as well as a small rash on the upper thigh. The doctor gave him something to help with the itching of the rash but could do nothing for the other. He seemed leery of a Staph infection at the time. By Friday evening, the rash on his lef has worsened and he began developing bumps on his shoulders on neck. As they both spread through out the weekend, we found the body bumps to most likely resemble chicken pox (yes, he had them already as a child) and the rash on his leg looked like Shingles. We went to the doctor first thing Monday. Dr. was pretty sure it was chicken pox, just a pretty severe case. He also assured us that it was not shingles because it was not along a nerve line. While waiting for test results to come back, my husband took Zovirax for 7 days with no improvement. In fact, the bumps had spread over his ENTIRE body. His chest was literally a sheet of painful, itchy, red, blistery bumps with no areas of regular skin to be found. When the test came back negative for chicken pox, we returned to the Dr. He then took a biopsy from his leg thinking that the first test was negative because the specimen was insufficient. Since then my husband was placed on oral antibiotics. He is on day 3 with no marked improvement. We are still waiting on the second results (nearly 6 days now!). Can this really be chicken pox? It sounds more severe than any case I have ever heard of. Are there any conditions that are easily mistaken as chicken pox that we and the doctor may be missing? We are obviously very worried.

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